A landscape architect by training, Jack Dangermond founded Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) in 1969 with a vision that computer mapping and analysis could help us design a better future. Under Dangermond’s leadership, that vision has continued to guide ESRI in creating cutting-edge GIS and GeoDesign technologies used in every industry to make a difference worldwide.

Dangermond fostered the growth of ESRI from a small research group to an organization recognized as the world leader in GIS software development. ESRI employs 2,700 people in the U.S.; many who shared his passion for GIS in the early days are still with the company and remain dedicated to helping our users be successful.

Honors and Awards:

Ten honorary doctorates have been bestowed to Dangermond from prestigious universities such as State University of New York, Buffalo; City University London; University of Redlands, California; and University of Minnesota.
Awards he has received in recent years include:

  • Public-Private Partnership Award, National Governors Association, 2009,
  • Carl Mannerfelt Medal, International Cartographic Association, 2008,
  • Outstanding Service Award, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 2007,
  • Inductee, GIS Hall of Fame, Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, 2005,
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Geospatial Information & Technology Association, 2004,
  • Distinguished Public Service Award for Outstanding Contributions to National and International Affairs, U.S. Department of State, The Secretary’s Open Forum, 2002.

Checkout the ASCII Art of Jack Dangermond in the below link. Please use Lucida Console font to view the art in Notepad. Before that in Notepad go to Format and Uncheck the Word Warp and then Go to Font and Reduce the Font Size to 3 to 4 pt. Use only Lucida Console Font.